The Sanctity of Space

Renan Ozturk, Freddie Wilkinson, USA 2021, 101’
European premiere
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You recognize the explorer in Bradford Washburn at first sight, says one biographer of the American researcher, photographer and mountaineer. It was the pictures of inaccessible Alaskan mountains he had taken that inspired Renan Ozturk and Freddie Wilkinson to attempt to climb Moose's Tooth, considered one of Alaska's toughest ascents. The Sanctity of Space documents their journey and all its difficulties, but is rounded out by the story of Washburn's extraordinary life, where the past intertwines with the present. The fantastically photographed, suspenseful documentary operates like an adventure film and offers a meditation on fate, pushing barriers, overcoming life’s obstacles (Ozturk was badly injured during the shooting) and, ultimately, the irrelevance of human existence in the face of untamed nature. Will the challenge the filmmakers take prove beyond their reach?

Jakub Demiańczuk

Renan Ozturk

Renan Ozturk is an American mountaineer, visual artist, director and cinematographer who holds a degree in Biology from Colorado Collage. He has taken part in many expeditions. Ozturk’s ascent of Mount Meru in the Himalayas with Conrad Anker and Jimmy China is documented in the Sundance Award-winning documentary Meru. In 2019, he climbed Mount Everest as part of a search for the body of a British climber who disappeared from an expedition nearly a hundred years earlier. 


2012 Reel Rock 7

2019 Ashes to Ashes (doc. short)

2020 Lost on Everest

2021 Uświęcona przestrzeń / The Sanctity of Space (doc.)

Freddie Wilkinson

Freddie Wilkinson is an American mountaineer, mountain guide, journalist and author of books on mountain climbing. He reached his first peak at the age of 13, and since then has devoted his life to the mountains. The Sanctity of Space is his full-length directorial debut. 


2012 The Old Breed (doc. short)

2021 Uświęcona przestrzeń / The Sanctity of Space (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Renan Ozturk, Freddie Wilkinson
screenplay Freddie Wilkinson, Chad Ervin
cinematography Renan Ozturk, Freddie Wilkinson
editing Erin Barnett, Chad Ervin
music Logan Nelson
cast Renan Ozturk, Freddie Wilkinson
producer Kate Holland, Ryan Kampe, Taylor Rees
production Visit Films, Expedition Studios
sales Visit Films/Monument Releasing
language English
coloration colour
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